Immediately, the disc starts out with some outstanding, awe-inducing drones. Drones of inexplicable beauty intimating infinity—to me, what drone is all about. Far from being static, this is music that is constantly in motion and seems to never veer from the graceful beauty from which its birthed. Raw, haunting, and somehow lingual, the music is a rarity. These days drone just sounds like what it is: a bunch of acid-heads running found sounds and guitars through effects.
This disc stands out to me, as it should every connoisseur of the form. This uniquely packaged CD offers little info other than to say that the violin was recorded by Ela Orleans in Brooklyn during the flames of June 2007 and was processed by Liam Stefani. It’s an amazing feat.
I often focus on the positive in my reviews, and of course, I never shy away from being personal. Some say this is a weakness: I say, eat me. All is subjective.
Now since I’ve qualified that, I have to go back to the disc at hand, and it’s…as I’m sitting here under the harsh light above my dinner table, it’s fucking flooring me. Perhaps a masterpiece, I’ve no doubt that this will rank alongside Organum and anything David Jackman has been involved with…it’s that good. Die Stadt, take notice!
This is a dynamic, versatile, enthused and crazed subliminal music. This is not noise. This is sound which reflects life in all its varied intricacies, its beauty and despair. It’s also music which addresses music and music alone—with only musical concerns: sound, timbre, phase, voice, language. An absolute treat not to be missed, Skitter with Ela Orleans better be heard by those who care. And pay attention. Close attention. 10/10 -- P. Somniferum (22 July, 2009)